Whichever way you voted in the EU referendum, UKIP are a spent force. They have served their purpose, we are coming out of Europe and the serious work has to start now. We need to secure a positive deal for our country, our members and their jobs – we need to be fighting for fair trade deals to protect our jobs in the UK, to properly fund for our public services like the NHS and schools but UKIP simply don’t have a clue about any of this. The UKIP leader’s pants are often found to be on fire and their only MP quit the Party, so think carefully before wasting a vote on these jokers!
You know the saying, ‘the lady doth protest too much,’ well that pretty much sums up Theresa May and her Tories. Just because one repeats the phrase, ‘strong and stable’ does not make it true. They are far from it. The Conservatives have taken us in to one of the most important times in the UK’s history with no plan for Brexit. No PLAN!
Most remainers and leavers can agree that the Government should have a Brexit plan by now – we should have some guarantees for British businesses, our defence industry and UK borders. GMB have tried very hard (we are talking blood, sweat and tears of sheer frustration) to get this Conservative government to guarantee that consumers and industry won’t be hit with increased tariffs and that jobs will be protected, but the cast iron-guarantees have yet to come.
It isn’t just Brexit we have tried to get some answers and action from this Conservative Government on, here is a long list of their failure:
- Average wages are still worth less than they were a decade ago, nearly 6 million people earn less than the Living Wage, and our public sector workers haven’t had a real terms pay rise for 7 years.
- Under the Tories changes to tax and benefits working families are set to be on average over £1,400 a year worse off by 2020.
- Most people’s incomes haven’t kept up with prices. Too many have to rely on debt to stay afloat and the numbers of people having to rely on foodbanks have reached a record high at well over 1 million.
- Rents are rocketing and home ownership is at its lowest rate for a generation.
- Since 2010 rail fares have soared three times faster than wages, and for too long bus companies have put profit before passengers.
- Waiting lists are up, A&Es are struggling and it’s harder to see your GP. Billions have been cut from social care budgets, and the system is in crisis.
- Class sizes are soaring, there are more unqualified teachers, and our schools face huge budget cuts.
- Under the Tories, almost a million people are on zero-or short hours contracts, not knowing how much work or pay they’ll get from one week to the next.
- The Tories have made work less secure - they’ve made it easier to put people out of work, and their Trade Union Act has made it harder for unions to stand up for their members.